This book examines the political and economic consequences of Operation Rlz-Segou in Mali to increase food production. It discusses why only those policies designed and implemented to share power with the people can lay the economic foundation required to overcome rural poverty in the Sahel.
1. The Problem of Lagging Food Production and Rural Underdevelopment in Mali 2. Approaches to Rural Development: 1960–1980 3. The Independent State and Rice Production 4. State Management of Land And Water 5. The ORS Program for Rice Production 6. The State and Human Capital Formation 7. Conclusions and Considerations for Policymakers in Sahelian West Africa